#5 – Solntsevskaya Bratva
Founded in 1981 by Sergei Mikhailov and Boris Yakov Arshavin in Moscow; it quickly grew as the largest criminal organization in Russia with over 5,000 members. Current boss Semion Mogilevich was arrested in Moscow on January 24, 2008 for tax evasion and released on July 24, 2009
This very modern criminal organisation is moving away from illegal activities and investing their billions in legal companies all over the world. Traditional crimes like drugs and guns are not as profitable as they used to be and they are now white collar criminals.
Their last detected fraud was in 1998 when a publicly traded company in Toronto collapsed and shareholders lost over $150 million.
Semion Mogilevich, who has been described by the FBI as “the most dangerous mobster in the world” remains on the Ten Most Wanted list with a $100,000 reward.